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 'Take Back The Night' Marches in Pocatello

POCATELLO - Dozens of Pocatello residents marched through Old Town Friday night to raise awareness about domestic violence. An estimated one in six women and one in 11 men will be the victims of sexual assault in their lifetimes. Mayor Brian Blad says the "Take Back the Night" rally was meant to empower women especially to not be afraid to report incidents of violence against them, and to promote a safer city.

Breakfast Fights Violence

N. IDAHO - North Idaho Violence Prevention Center (NIVPC) and Soroptimist Coeur d'Alene will host their second Stop Violence Benefit breakfast at the Best Western Plus Coeur d'Alene Inn, 7:30- 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 4. Proceeds benefit the NIVPC Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program and the Soroptimist Children's Counseling Center. Introduction of the newly created Domestic Violence Court in Kootenai County by guest speaker Amber Moe of the State of Idaho Judicial Branch, Domestic Violence Courts, will help attendees learn how the NIVPC Court Advocacy Program positively impacts the lives of local domestic violence victims. These victims face many barriers to safety and independence. Incomprehensible and complex court processes should not be among them.


Woman Sentenced To Life For Sexually Abusing Girl

Some gasped, some wept and some remained silent Tuesday as Kandi Mohr was sentenced to life in prison. After hearing arguments from both sides detailing eight years of sexual abuse of a little girl, Twin Falls County District Judge Richard Bevan left the room so he could collect his thoughts. When he returned to the bench 15 minutes later, he told the packed courtroom that Mohr's sentence had weighed on him since she pleaded guilty in February. Bevan said he has been a judge for nine years, a prosecutor before that and an attorney for 25 years and he's never come across a crime like Mohr's. "I've never seen a case that approached the depravity, cruelty and harm to a child," he said. As a judge, Bevan said, he has a responsibility to show that children who are harmed like the victim in this case will get a response from the court. Bevan said he could not comprehend the crimes, which included Mohr holding the girl down while she was raped. Mohr, 46, along with David Michael Meyers, 45, pleaded guilty to several crimes related to the ongoing sexual abuse of a child starting when she was 2 or 3 years old until she was 11. The two were arrested in October 2012. Last week, Meyers was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years. Mohr also has the possibility of getting out of prison in 20 years.


Suspect In Kay Lynn Jackson Case Gets 3 Weeks To Enter Plea

BOISE - Patrick Zacharias is charged with raping and stabbing Kay Lynn Jackson to death on the Boise Greenbelt back in 1998. He is already serving a life sentence after a conviction for lewd conduct with a minor. This morning (Tuesday), his attorney asked for more time before entering a plea. The next hearing is set for June 11. Prosecutors say they have not yet determined if they are going to seek the death penalty.



Canyon County Man Gets 25 Years For Sexual Batter Of A Child

WILDER - A Wilder man was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison Wednesday for having sex with a 16-year-old girl. Francisco Perez-Orozco, 51, was already registered as a sex offender after a 2003 aggravated sexual assault conviction in Texas. The victim in the 2003 conviction was under the age of 16, Canyon County officials said. Perez-Orozco began having sex with the current victim in Texas. After she became pregnant, they moved to California and then to Wilder, where the girl miscarried, according to the Canyon County prosecuting attorney. Judge Thomas J. Ryan sentenced Perez-Orozco to 25 years in prison, with the possibility of parole after serving 15 years. Fifteen years in prison was the minimum sentence possible for the crime.


Read more: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/05/29/2595283/canyon-county-man-gets-15-years.html

Coeur d'Alene Council Votes 5-1 to Add the Words

COEUR D'ALENE - The photo in this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press shows a standing room-only crowd packing the Coeur d'Alene Public Library-the scene of last night's Coeur d'Alene City County meeting. And the Press he+adline says it all: "Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Approved." The council voted 5-1 to extend anti-discrimination protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in areas of employment and housing. The ordinance is similar to ordinances already in place in Boise, Ketchum, Moscow and Sandpoint. The Coeur d'Alene Council vote came after four hours of testimony on the issue. "This is a huge victory," Tony Stewart, Coeur d'Alene Human Rights Task Force on Human Relations member, told the Press. "I'm absolutely elated this evening because the Coeur d'Alene City Council did what we've been doing for 30 years now-standing up against discrimination." The Press reports that nearly 400 people packed inside the library to testify and/or witness the landmark vote.



Blackfoot Man Sentenced to Eight Years For Possessing Child Pornography

POCATELLO -- An eastern Idaho man has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. The Idaho State Journal reports that 47-year-old Gary Lee Reed of Blackfoot was charged in December after he returned from a cruise to the Bahamas and agents with the Department of Homeland Security in Florida prompted a search of his laptop. According to court documents filed with the plea agreement, investigators found hundreds of images and videos of child pornography on the computer, and thousands more on devices in Reed's home. U.S. District Judge John Antoon II ordered Reed to register as a sex offender and said he must serve 10 years of supervised release after his prison term.



Viestra Sentenced For Rape To Five Years, No Parole

MOSCOW - Former University of Idaho student Jesse Vierstra will spend at least the next five years in prison without the possibility of parole following his sentencing hearing Monday. Vierstra was found guilty on one count of felony rape in March and has spent the last 100 days in the Latah County jail awaiting his sentence. Second District Court Judge Carl B. Kerrick said the five year fixed sentence will give Vierstra time to think about the case and his actions before the possibility of reentering society. Vierstra had a history of sexually motivated battery accusations against him that could not be considered in the trial, but were eligible for discussion in determining his sentence. Prosecuting attorney Michelle Evans presented three affidavits to the court with statements from the previous cases.



Man Sentenced To Two Years For Domestic Violence Charge

CALDWELL -  A Nampa man charged with felony domestic battery for dragging his wife with his vehicle was sentenced Thursday to two and a half to seven and a half years in prison, according to court records. A jury found Jose Ibarra, 28, guilty of the charge in March, and not guilty of a second misdemeanor domestic violence charge. The incident took place on Halloween night in the Nampa Winco parking lot. Prosecutors said Ibarra was jealous and angry with the woman and took her cellphone. When she reached into the vehicle to get it back, Ibarra accelerated and trapped her arm in the window. She ran alongside for about 20 feet before she was able to free her arm, but the incident left large bruises on her skin, prosecutors said. Surveillance video of the incident was obtained by Nampa police. No contact order violation charges are still pending against Ibarra in court.



Sherriff Investigates Sexual Assault, Misconduct At Melba Schools

MELBA - The Canyon County Sheriff's Office has released new information regarding sexual assaults by a former Melba student, and another case of alleged sexual misconduct by a former Melba teacher. However, those aren't the only incidents Sheriff Kieran Donahue is concerned about. Donahue says he's looking into whether the Melba School District has been cooperative and forthcoming in both investigations. Donahue says the first case was reported by the district in January. That's when a male student at Melba Junior High/High School allegedly sexually assaulted multiple female victims on school property. That student was reportedly arrested several weeks ago on charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor under 16, and battery with intent to commit serious felony. Donahue says that arrest spurred another report of sexual misconduct -- this time by a teacher. "Once the juvenile was taken into custody, a few days later we had an adult come forward to our sheriff's office and file a report with allegations of sexual misconduct by a teacher," Donahue said. Donahue says the sexual misconduct in question happened more than a year ago, and there are multiple victims. He says the investigation into that teacher's conduct is open and ongoing.


Read more: http://www.ktvb.com/news/crime/Canyon-County-investigating-sexual-assault-misconduct-at-Melba-Schools-209452981.html

$2 Million Bond For Man Arrested in Boise Mall Attack

Boise - Gregory Lee Macho, 31, does not know either woman he is accused of attacking at the Boise Towne Square Mall, prosecutors said at a Wednesday arraignment. Macho, a Boise resident, faces four felony charges after police say he sexually assaulted one woman in the mall's parking lot, then ran over a second woman who was coming to her aid on May 14. He remains jailed on $2 million bond. Defense attorneys unsuccessfully asked a judge Wednesday afternoon to set bond at only $100,000, saying Macho is the sole provider for his wife and two daughters. Macho is not allowed to have contact with either victim. identified in court documents only by their initials. Prosecutors said Wednesday that they did not want the alleged attacker to know who the women are. He is charged with kidnapping, battery with intent to commit a serious felony, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm or disability, and destruction of evidence.


Read more: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/06/05/2604329/man-arrested-for-mall-attack.html

I.F. Police Make Domestic Violence Arrest

IDAHO FALLS - Jordan Crnkovich, 35, of Idaho Falls, was arrested Sunday and charged with felony attempted strangulation, domestic battery and interfering with a 9-1-1 phone call. According to the official report, Idaho Falls Police Department officers were called to the 1300 block of Clarence Drive around 3:30 a.m. for a possible domestic disturbance. A 30-year-old woman told police that Crnkovich became physical with her during an argument and attempted to strangle her. Crnkovich was taken to the Bonneville County Jail.



Tribune: Woman Admits To Running Over Her Children's Father

LEWISTON - A North Central Idaho man, accused of child abuse, was himself the victim of battery when the mother of his children admitted to running him over with her car during a domestic abuse incident. This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that 33-year-old Greg Elwell was accused of battering a 2-year-old boy in November 2012. Shortly thereafter, police said 30-year-old Swan Mandujano-with her two children in the vehicle-ran over Elwell "two to three times" in a Lewiston store parking lot. Elwell was reportedly not severely injured in the incident. Meanwhile, Elwell's charges of domestic violence were dismissed earlier this month, while Mandujano pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and sentenced to 14 days in jail and a $100 fine. A judge in Lewiston's 2nd District Court even dismissed a no-contact order between the two.



Pocatellan Accused of Second Degree Stalking

POCATELLO - Jennifer W. Putnam, 37, of Pocatello, is accused of second degree stalking. Pocatello Police Department officials indicated the arrest was made around 10:30 p.m. on Monday. Putnam was taken into custody in the 3100 block of Dartagnan Drive. She was transported to the Bannock County Jail.


Ammon Man Arrested In Idaho Falls Rape

IDAHO FALLS - After several months of investigation, Idaho Falls police arrested 34-year-old Augustine Garnica Perez of Ammon on rape charges Thursday. According to police, the arrest warrant was requested by Idaho Falls detectives in November of last year in connection with the Nov. 24 rape of a 33-year-old woman. The warrant was served by the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office. No further details were available.



An Idaho Lawman Charged With Domestic Battery

A judge dismissed one count of felony domestic battery against a Twin Falls County sheriff's deputy Friday after a preliminary hearing. Prosecutors needed to prove they have enough evidence to take their case against Sgt. Michael Cooper to trial. Twin Falls County 5th District Judge Roger Harris said the state had enough evidence in three alleged incidences of domestic violence in Twin Falls County, but not enough evidence in a count from Camas County. The Camas County case has been consolidated with the Twin Falls County case. Cooper was charged with three counts of felony domestic battery in Twin Falls County and one count in Camas County in mid-April. On Friday, the alleged victim in the case was the only witness to testify. She described several alleged instances of domestic abuse that are outlined in a police report. During her testimony, the woman admitted that she previously withheld information from police, saying at first she wanted to protect Cooper, and later that she was scared that his actions would escalate once she got authorities involved. "When I started to talk, it infuriated Michael," she said in court. The woman described Cooper as controlling and intimidating, adding that he didn't like her to have friends, and that he'd interrogate her when she didn't return phone calls or text messages. During her testimony, the woman said Cooper used his position as a sheriff's deputy to scare her out of reporting the alleged abuse. The woman described one instance in July 2008, after a verbal argument, Cooper pulled her hand back, bending it in an unnatural way.


Read more: http://magicvalley.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/one-domestic-violence-charge-against-twin-falls-deputy-dropped-three/article_ad1bf84e-2b1e-52b4-b253-0ff5c9258d85.html

ID Church Drops Boy Scouts Charter Over Gay Youth

COER D'ALENE -  A northern Idaho church has decided to end its charter of a Boy Scout Troop because of the national organization's recent decision to lift its ban on openly gay youth. The Spokesman-Review reports (http://bit.ly/18LaGp ) Candlelight Christian Fellowship of Coeur d'Alene released a statement Monday from Associate Pastor Buck storm that says the church "obviously can't link arms with the Scouts on this path they've chosen to follow." The church said the families of the Troop 291 members agree with its stand. A pastor at Coeur d'Alene Bible Church said last week that leaders of Troop 211 are leaning toward not renewing their charter. Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger has said he is considering dropping his agency's charter of Troop 911 for similar reasons.



Former Blackfoot Athletes File Amended Complaint

BLACKFOOT - Attorneys from the Blaser & Oleson law firm in Blackfoot have filed an amended complaint and demanded a jury trial on the tort claim filed on behalf of the plaintiffs of the case known as a "hazing" case. That case dominated news coverage for significant portions of 2010 and 2011. A tort claim alleges civil wrong (other than breach of contract or trust) for which law requires damages.  Attorneys Jeffrey Thomason and Stephen Blaser are representing plaintiffs Logan Chidester, Nathan Walker and Tyson Katseanes.  In the amended complaint, the plaintiffs state this case started in September 2010 when " ... Defendant Blackfoot School District initiated an investigation in relation to conduct that occurred between student athletes the previous year."  Plaintiffs are asking for relief of damages with an amount to be established at trial and an award of attorney's fees and costs. The original complaint of Chidester, Walker and Katseanes versus Blackfoot School District 55 et al, was filed Nov. 30, 2012. The case was assigned to District Judge David Nye of the Seventh Judicial District of the State of Idaho, in and for the County of Bingham. The plaintiffs have requested a jury trial. No date has yet been set for this trial.



Meet The Man Rescuing LGBT Youth In Rural Idaho

In January of 2012, Tom Nestor and his partner, Kevin Lish, founded All Under One Roof, one of the few centers for LGBT youth in eastern Idaho. Located in the back room of Nestor's coffee shop, the center has become a popular hangout for bullied teenagers in the heavily Mormon town of Pocatello. In its inaugural year, the center has received tremendous support from the locals, despite the community's religious makeup. And there is a possibility of further progress in the city of 55,000 - the Pocatello City Council, after having rejected an LGBT rights ordinance recently, is scheduled to consider a revamped one.


Read more: http://www.advocate.com/youth/no-more-bullying/2013/06/06/meet-man-rescuing-lgbt-youth-rural-idaho

Idaho School Tries New Trick To Combat Bullying

TWIN FALLS - Children who are bullied live in fear of coming to school each day. They suffer in silence afraid it will get worse if they say something or because they believe adults won't do anything about it. According to the American Academy of Child and Adult Psychiatry, "some victims of bullying have even attempted suicide rather than continue to endure such harassment and punishment." Students don't need to live in fear anymore at Robert Stuart Middle School. When a student at Robert Stuart is bullied, he or she can fill out a form and drop it into the school's "bully bucket." The school's resource officer and administrators review the forms and confront the school's bullies face to face. The bully bucket, located inside the school library, has already made a difference since it was installed in late February, say students and school staff.


Read more: http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/idaho-school-tries-new-trick-to-combat-bullying/article_543fa440-c48e-11e2-859b-0019bb2963f4.html 

Former Teacher Pleads Not Guilty To Child Porn Charges

LEWISTON -- A former agricultural education instructor at a northern Idaho high school has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of possessing child pornography. The Lewiston Tribune reports that 27-year-old Tyler D. Mink of Lewiston made the plea Wednesday in 2nd District Court. A trial has been set to begin Sept. 16. Court records say officers searched Mink's residence and found hundreds of files they allege contain child pornography and other sexually exploitative material on various electronic devices. Court records say Mink told an investigating officer that he downloaded child pornography for his own gratification. Mink resigned from Culdesac High School in January. He had started working at the school in June.


Police: Meridian Man Sexually Abused Young Child

MERIDIAN - A 30-year-old Meridian man is charged with felony lewd and lascivious conduct after police say he had inappropriate sexual contact with a child under the age of 10. Officers with the Meridian Police Department arrested William Fletcher during a traffic stop just after 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea said police had been investigating a complaint that Fletcher physically abused a child around March 15th. However, Basterrechea said that investigation ultimately suggested the abuse was sexual in nature. Basterrechea says police don't believe the sexual abuse was random or any other victims are involved in the case. Fletcher is currently in the Ada County Jail.



Boise Man Accused Of Prostituting Child on Craigslist Pleads Guilty

BOISE -- A 40-year-old Boise man accused of attempting to prostitute a 3-year-old girl on Craigslist has pleaded guilty to two felony charges. Jason Schaber faced two dozen charges; most of them were for distributing and producing child pornography. He pleaded not guilty earlier this year to those charges. U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson said Schaber pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to sexual exploitation of children and distribution of sexually explicit images of minors between 2010 and 2012. The plea agreement states that Schaber produced 26 sexually explicit images and videos of females who were less than six years of age, and that he distributed child porn he had produced himself or that he had obtained from the Internet, via email to at least 16 other individuals. Olson says Schaber faces a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of 50 years in prison for the two felony counts. Sentencing is set for Aug. 13. Schaber was arrested last May after an ad was found posted in the "Casual Encounters" section of Craigslist offering the toddler for sex. The case was investigated by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.




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